By Alton Mitchell
On February 12th a Chambers County grand jury found enough evidence to indict a man accused of a brutal rape a homicide in Valley last year. The grand jury indicted Stacey Demar Gray on charges related to the death of Renee Eldridge last July in Valley. Following his indictment Gray was allowed a bond amount to be set in the amount of $2,000,000.
Gray is accused of the homicide of Renee Eldridge, last July 4th Eldridge went missing from a home on 46th Street in Columbus, Georgia. Her body was found days later on July 7th in Osanippa Creek under the Hopewell Road Bridge in Valley.
Valley police quickly named 45-year-old Stacey Gray as a suspect. He was apprehended days later after leading investigators on a foot chase for hours through Macon County, Alabama. He was charged by Valley investigators with the murder of the 25-year-old woman.
Jail census data shows that Gray is still housed in the Chambers County detention center despite being granted a $2,000,000 bond. He is set to be formerly arraigned on March 7th, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in a Chambers County courtroom. Prosecutors are believed to seek the death penalty in the case against Gray.